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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Framing 'Don Giovanni' At The San Diego Opera

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San Diego Opera opened "Don Giovanni" over the weekend. Mozart's classic is performed often but this production aims for something both modern and rooted in the 18th century.

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'Kingsman' Delivers Action Etiquette

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If “50 Shades of Grey” isn’t your cup of tea this Valentine’s weekend, then try “Kingsman: The Secret Service."

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Julianne Moore Is Memorable In 'Still Alice'

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Sometimes science fact is scarier than science fiction. “Still Alice” (opening Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and Arclight La Jolla) looks to the terrifying reality of Alzheimer’s.

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Warning: 'Avenue Q' Contains Full Puppet Nudity

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Coronado Playhouse just extended its run of the musical "Avenue Q" through March 7. But don't be fooled by the cute puppets, this show is not for kids.

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San Diego Jewish Film Fest Celebrates A Quarter Century

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Fifty shorts, 48 features and documentaries, 10 days and five venues — the 25th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival promises lots of choices and diversity.

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The Slow Burn Of 'A Most Violent Year'

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Against the backdrop of New York City and rising violent crime in 1981, a man tries to build a business empire in “A Most Violent Year” (opening Jan. 30 in select San Diego theaters).

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Good Actors Adrift In 'Black Sea'

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Submarines make for tense, claustrophobic settings and “Black Sea” (opening Friday in select San Diego theaters) takes us on an old Russian sub where plenty can go wrong.

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Less Is More With 'Two Days, One Night'

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Sometimes a foreign film’s wider distribution hinges on whether or not it garners any Academy Awards nominations. "Two Days, One Night" (opening Jan. 30 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theatres) just secured a best actress nomination and is now finally opening in San Diego. It was worth the wait.

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San Diego Opera's 'La Bohème' Serves Up A Tasty Take On Puccini's Opera

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Food is being served at San Diego Opera’s latest production of "La Bohème" (opening Saturday at the Civic Theatre). But this food is being served on stage.

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The Universal Suspects: 40 Monsters, 31 Movies, 12 Months, No Escape

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The Film Geeks at the Digital Gym Cinema will present a year of Universal's classic monster movies starting Sunday.

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CoVen Lets Dancers Play With Fire

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On Saturday, the Fire Garden in Bonsall hosts CoVen, a fire, circus, dance show featuring the multi-talented Anna Yanushkevich.

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'Wetlands' Heroine Rejects Personal Hygiene As Her Form Of Rebellion

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Coming of age stories usually focus on male characters. Germany’s "Wetlands" (opening Jan. 16 at the Digital Gym Cinema) gives us a rebellious young woman as the center.

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The Oscars Versus The Cinema Junkie Awards

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The benefit of being a film critic is that when all the nominations and awards come out, I have a public outlet for channeling all my anger.

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Rants And Raves: Confessions of a ‘Re-Animator The Musical’ Groupie

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I have a confession. I am a “Re-Animator The Musical” groupie and here’s why you should be, too.

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Film Classics Return To The Big Screen At The Ken

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The Ken Cinema tested a week of classic cinema last year that drew praise and crowds. Now they serve up another week of film classics to kick off the New Year.

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Paul Thomas Anderson Finds The Virtues In Thomas Pynchon's 'Inherent Vice'

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Paul Thomas Anderson is the first director ambitious enough to tackle American novelist Thomas Pynchon, who’s noted for his dense and complex novels. "Inherent Vice" (opening Jan. 9 at Landmark Theatres) proves to be a trippy take on the noir detective genre.

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'Mr. Turner' Brings Painter To Vivid Life

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Director Mike Leigh is known for fashioning scripts from a long improvisational process with his actors. He puts this to good use to breathe life into "Mr. Turner" (opening Friday at Arclight La Jolla) about innovative landscape painter J.M.W. Turner.

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'Hot Guys Dancing' Delivers What The Title Promises And More

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"Hot Guys Dancing" (continuing through this weekend at Diversionary Theatre) is a perfect advertising come on to reliably pack a house with gay men and straight women.

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'The Interview' And Using Comedy As A Weapon

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The Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” (continuing at The Digital Gym Cinema and now added at La Paloma Theater), about an absurd CIA-engineered assassination plot to be executed by a TV interview host against Kim Jong-Un, has stirred far more controversy than anyone ever expected. Here are some films — armed with nothing more than comedy — that have also taken on dictators.

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'The Imitation Game' Cracks The Enigma Of Alan Turing

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Benedict Cumberbatch played a dragon in "The Hobbit" movies, as well as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC TV series. This Christmas you can find him playing the mathematician who helped break the enigma code in "The Imitation Game" (opening Dec. 25 in select San Diego theaters).

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Don't Go 'Into The Woods'

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Rob Marshall nabbed (I'd say stole) an Oscar for his movie version of the musical "Chicago." Now he tackles "Into the Woods" (opening Dec. 25 throughout San Diego) and it’s no fairy tale.

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Commedia Dell'arte And The Roots Of Slapstick

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Chronos Theatre Group is dedicated to connecting modern audiences with works from around the world and through time. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews a workshop on commedia dell’arte to find out how a 16th century Italian comedy style connects with people in the new millennium.

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'The Babadook' Tackles Childhood Fears And More

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If you’ve had all the holiday cheer you can take, then how about a dose of atmospheric Australian horror with “The Babdook” (opening Dec. 19 at the Digital Gym Cinema).

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Welcoming The Final 'Hobbit' Movie With A Mealtime Marathon

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The latest installment of “The Hobbit Trilogy” — “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” — boasts that it is “The Defining Chapter.” Well, let’s just say that hopefully it will be the last.

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'Wild' Offers Artistically Tame Journey Of Self-Discovery

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"Wild" is the story of one woman’s journey to find herself and as such, there's a lot of introspection and internal dialogue.

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Mexican Noir At The Digital Gym

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Film noir is a distinctly American film style that emerged in the 1940s. But its influence has been felt around the globe. You can check out some Mexican noir this Saturday at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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'The Dark Valley' Serves Up An Alpine Western

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Eighty-three countries have submitted entries for the 2015 Best Foreign Film Oscar. You can check out the Austrian entry, “The Dark Valley,” when it opens this weekend at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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Bond 24 Will be Called SPECTRE

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Be still my heart! New Bond movie was revealed this morning as "SPECTRE" with Christoph Waltz as the villain and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra.

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John Waters Still Shocking And Fun After All These Years

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John Waters won himself a place in the pop culture landscape with his 1972 film "Pink Flamingos" starring Divine. Tonight he appears at the North Park Theatre for a sold out performance of "A John Waters Christmas," which details his obsession and passion for the winter holiday. Waters talks about his new book "Carsick."

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John Waters Comes To San Diego For One Man Show

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Cult icon John Waters makes a rare live appearance Monday in San Diego at the North Park Theatre for "A John Waters Christmas."

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Death Café: Tea And Cake Make Death More Palatable

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San Diego has more than a dozen Death Cafés where people get together to talk about death. If you think that sounds morbid, think again.

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Insects In Religion: Sacred Scarabs To Harbingers Of Doom

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TheNAT just opened their King Tut exhibit and curator of entomology Dr. Michael Wall says ancient Egypt isn't the only culture to incorporate bugs into religion. Dr. Wall presents a lecture Thursday night called Insects in Religion: From Sacred Scarabs to Manna from Heaven.

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Vista Embraces Craft Beer

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San Diego Beer Week draws to a close this weekend. The ten-day event is designed to showcase craft breweries including those in Vista where beer is booming.

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'The Theory Of Everything' Opts For Love Over Science

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It’s that time of year when Hollywood trots out its Oscar hopefuls, and Eddie Redmayne seems assured of a nomination for his portrait of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” (opening in select San Diego theaters on Nov. 14).

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San Diego Beer Week In Full Swing

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San Diego Beer Week kicked off over the weekend with multiple events including the sold-out Guild Fest on Saturday. Here's a taste of what's to come.

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15th San Diego Asian Film Festival Challenges Stereotypes

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The 15th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival kicked off last night with a full house at the Reading Gaslamp Theaters. Pac-Arts' Brian Hu offers this preview.

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Inaugural Point Music Film Festival Debuts Saturday

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This Saturday marks the debut of the Point Music Film Festival, which prides itself as being San Diego’s “first music only” film festival. Here's a preview.

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Why Do We Love To Be Scared?

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Halloween is big business. In addition to people spending millions on costumes, decorations and candy, 35 million people are estimated to attend some kind of haunted attraction. But if you think Disney Haunted Mansion is typical of what’s available, think again.

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San Diego's McKamey Manor Takes Haunting To Extremes

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A new trend in extreme haunts offers people the chance to have the “victim experience” and be made a participant in your own horror movie for up to eight hours. San Diego is home to McKamey Manor, one of the top-rated extreme haunts in the nation.

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Zombies Versus Real Science: Which Is Scarier?

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Zombies are reanimated corpses that crave human flesh. But is that scarier than the real disorders that can affect the human brain?

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UCSD Professor Uses Zombies To Teach About Neuroscience

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There's no escaping zombies. They've infected every corner of pop culture and more recently have been shambling into academia. Professor Bradley Voytek combines the living dead and neuroscience in his new book.

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East County Filmmaker Makes Bid For Sundance

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San Diego filmmakers have a good track record being seen at the Sundance Festival. SDSU grad Destin Cretton scored with two of his films. Now East County resident Jesse Keller hopes his "Thane of East County" will also make the cut.

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'Gone Girl' Is Perfect First Date Movie — Well Sort Of

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“Gone Girl” (opening Oct. 3 throughout San Diego) was a New York Times bestseller before author Gillian Flynn adapted it to the screen. It examines long-term relationships but from a fresh perspective.

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San Diego Film Festival Kicks Off 13th Year

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The San Diego Film Festival kicks off its 13th year Wednesday night. The festival runs through Sunday.

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Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' Is Half A Brilliant Film

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith is best known for comedies such as “Clerks,” but “Tusk” (opening Sept. 19 in select theaters) takes him out of his comfort zone and the surprise is he delivers — well almost.

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Son of Monsterpalooza: Paying Tribute To Movie Monsters

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With Halloween just around the corner, Son of Monsterpalooza — a convention celebrating movie monsters — was just what I needed last weekend.

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San Diego Opera: Looking Ahead With COO Keith Fisher

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San Diego Opera's COO Keith Fisher sees a sunny horizon as he looks ahead to the company's 2014-15 season.

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La Costa Film Festival Kicks Off

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The La Costa Film Festival drew 3,500 attendees in for its debut last year and it is already expanding in terms of both attendance and number of films showcased.

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'Bright Star' Premieres At Old Globe Theater

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The new musical "Bright Star" had its world premiere over the weekend at the Old Globe Theater.

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Tom Hardy And A Puppy Make 'The Drop' Hard To Resist

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Audiences who loved actor Tom Hardy as the villain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" may be surprised by his quiet, low key performance in "The Drop." The film opens Friday in San Diego.